Man arrested for spitting at River Forest cop

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

An Elmwood Park man was arrested Nov. 15 for spitting at a River Forest police officer during an early-morning traffic stop.

Alexis Gomez of Elmwood Park, 24, was taken into custody on the 7300 block of Division Avenue in River Forest, where he was charged with aggravated assault to a police officer. Gomez was the passenger in a car driven by Anthony J. Lind of Elmwood Park, 23, who was arrested for driving without a valid license.

Gomez had allegedly been told to leave multiple times by the officer as Lind was being arrested, but was being "belligerent," according to River Forest Police Sgt. Mike Thornley. The officer heard Gomez winding up, and had time to dodge the spit, Thornley said.

Construction vehicle nabbed

Someone stole a white 2007 Bobcat Crawler earth mover from a gated but unlocked construction site at Maple Park, 1115 Harvard St. in Oak Park.

Retail theft

A 40- to 50-year-old man wearing a tan puffy jacket stole a container of Tide detergent the morning of Nov. 8 from CVS pharmacy, 345 Madison St. in Oak Park.

Isaiah Pipkins III was arrested the evening of Nov. 13 at Dominick's, 259 Lake St. in Oak Park, where he was charged with felony retail theft. He allegedly took five Blu-Ray movies from the store and walked out.

Theft

A laptop, numerous bibles, and luggage were stolen the morning of Nov. 12 from a cargo van parked in a parking lot at Denny's, 711 N. Harlem Ave. in Oak Park. The van's rear door lock was punched out.

A black tri-fold wallet was taken from a woman's purse the night of Nov. 13 while she was eating at Panera, 7349 Lake St. in River Forest.

A woman's red tri-fold wallet with credit cards was stolen the evening of Nov. 14 while she was at Starbucks, 7201 Lake St. in River Forest. The credit cards were reportedly used later that day in Norridge and Elmwood Park.

Burglary

Someone broke the window on the back door of a home on the 700 block of North Kenilworth Avenue during the day on Nov. 8 and stole four rings. The estimated loss was $8,000.

An HP laptop, an Acer laptop and miscellaneous jewelry were stolen from a home on the 800 block of Lake Street in Oak Park the afternoon of Nov. 9 via a closed but unlocked door.

Cash in the amount of $367 was stolen the afternoon of Nov. 9 from a purse locked inside a dorm room in Concordia University's Gross Hall, 7400 Augusta St. in River Forest. The victim's keys had gone missing earlier the same day, but were later found and turned in.

Stolen car

A white 2002 Daewoo left running on the 500 block of South Austin Blvd. early the morning of Nov. 9 was stolen.

Robbery

Two Chicago boys and a Des Plaines boy were arrested the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue just after midnight Nov. 9, where whey were charged with an aggravated robbery that occurred at the CTA Blue Line's Oak Park exit.

A 35- to 40-year-old man approached a woman from behind on the 1100 block of South Blvd. in Oak Park the night of Nov. 8 and pulled at her purse's straps. After he threw her to the ground during the struggle, the man ran away northbound without getting her purse. He was described as being a dark-skinned black man, roughly 6'3" tall and weighing around 250 lbs.

DUI

William Boer of Chicago, 49, was stopped and arrested on the 800 block of Garfield in Oak Park early the morning of Nov. 10, where he was charged with DUI.

Joseph M. Ortiz of Batavia, 55, was stopped and arrested the night of Nov. 12 on the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue, where he was charged with DUI.

Theft from car

A catalytic converter was stolen during the day on Nov. 10 from a car parked on the 700 block of Madison Street in Oak Park. It may have been cut off of the car with a cordless circular saw.

Someone stole an alternator from a 1994 Cadillac parked in an unlocked garage on the 600 block of South Highland Avenue sometime the morning of Nov. 12. The car's driver's side door was unlocked, as well.

Battery

A Chicago boy and an Oak Park boy were arrested on the 600 block of South Taylor Avenue the afternoon of Nov. 12, where they were charged with aggravated battery. A third boy, from Chicago, was also arrested for obstructing a police officer.

A victim was approached by two men on the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue in Oak Park the night of Nov. 13, who began to hit him in the head and the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The offenders then ran away southbound on Marion Avenue. They were both described as being white and roughly 5'10" tall, one man with a crew cut and a white hooded sweatshirt, and the other with a narrow, braided goatee.

Richard P. Lee of Chicago, 49, was stopped and arrested the evening of Nov. 13 on the 1100 block of North Blvd. in Oak Park, where he was charged with aggravated battery. He had allegedly been involved in a robbery the night of Sept. 15, where a victim had been approached from behind on the 800 block of Lake Street and punched in the face and chest. That man also had $15 stolen in the robbery.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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